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Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps

On the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen thanks the Marines and their families. Happy Birthday and Semper Fidelis!

Cross posted from the Department of Defense blog

For 235 years, United States Marines have earned a privileged place in our hearts.  For we know that when there is a tough job to do, we can “send in the Marines,” knowing that they will get the job done.

From Iwo Jima to Inchon, from Khe Sanh to Kandahar, Marines have always been ready to respond whenever and wherever the Nation calls...prepared to meet any challenge or foe...from sea to shore and beyond.

As long as the world is an unstable place, Marines will continue to fight and prevail with the high standards befitting their title...and with the spirit of the Corps that is in the DNA of every warrior privileged to wear the eagle, globe, and anchor.

To every Marine I say thank you. Thank you for your willingness to make the most profound commitment someone can make — to dedicate yourself completely to your service and your country.  I also want to extend a special thanks to your families as well.  The Marine Corps simply couldn’t be what it is without the extraordinary love and support of our Marine Corps families.

This week, in gatherings large and small, you will come together to honor the rich heritage of the Corps and the proud legacy of the Marines who have gone before you.  On this occasion, a grateful Nation commends your service and joins you in celebration. 
On behalf of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Happy Birthday and Semper Fidelis!